Dead Heart (1996), which stars Bryan Brown (who also produced) as an outback cop faced with crime and a clash of cultures, has the elements of a classic western, albeit in a new environment. At the screening, Parsons will discuss the extraordinary process of writing and making the film, which was originally written as a stage play.
It began with the discovery of a letter written in 1930 about an Aboriginal boy who arrived from a desert outpost to an Aboriginal community in Alice Springs. He had never seen a white man. The elders instructed him to kill a white man who had broken traditional law. He was duly convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years jail, despite the fact he spoke no English and had no understanding of white man’s laws.
“What the film tries to do is to put up one set of values against another without making judgements about which is the better set of values,” says Nick.
Dead Heart also stars Ernie Dingo, Angie Milliken, Aaron Pedersen, Gnarnayarrahe Waitare, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Anne Tenney and John Jarratt.
Antony I. Ginnane has produced over 50 feature films, including Patrick (1978 & 2013 versions), High Tide (1987), Incident at Raven’s Gate (1988), Sally Marshall is not an Alien (1999) and Last Dance (2012).
The other films in the series (on consecutive Wednesdays in February) are Jon Hewitt’s Redball, John Hillcoat’s Ghosts … of the Civil Dead (with Nick Cave) and Rowan Woods’ The Boys (with David Wenham and Toni Collette).